Now, what if the animated target, say a broadside elk, decides at that precise moment to step forward or turn right? The planned heart shot becomes a gut or rump shot. Notice we’re not even considering the possibility the shooter called the wind wrong by so much as 2 mph (which would have moved the bullet an additional FOOT.) We’re just allowing the animal to make a small move over the course of 1.5 seconds.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the shooter now has to traverse 1,000 yards, well over 1/2 mile, and find the spot at which the animal was standing when hit. There could be a canyon in the way. A river. A thicket.
It doesn’t require much contemplating to understand why extremely long shots are not the best idea when hunting. But I remain convinced long-range shooting is a good thing. And here’s why:
The popularity of hitting or attempting to hit inanimate targets at extreme ranges sells more rifles, more scopes, more ammunition. And those sales each generate an 11% tax dedicated to hunting, fishing, and wildlife. They are Pittman-Robertson funds used to buy or improve wildlife habitat, reintroduce species, build access roads and boat ramps for public hunting access, construct and maintain shooting ranges… Selling more guns and ammo also keeps our gun and ammo manufacturers thriving — to the consternation of anti-gun and anti-hunting forces. Building more rifles, ammo, scopes, bipods, wind meters, suppressors, ballistic calculators, steel gongs and all the other paraphernalia that is part and parcel of long-range shooting provides jobs for thousands of workers.
Why Long Range Shooting is a Good Thing — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com